Another good interview from captain Michael Owen today, where he talks about the game last Monday and how even top class players can look ordinary when their confidence dips.
Michael Owen in training – us that David Edgar marking him?
Owen talked to the Daily Telegraph today:
“I’m confident that we have the quality, but obviously over the last few weeks even quality players have been lacking the belief and confidence that can turn even quality players into ones that are playing averagely at best,”
“Hopefully that goal gives us a bit of belief because in the second half our defending was great, we passed the ball around great and we were much better than we were in the first half.”
“The position we are in obviously warrants looking over our shoulder but hopefully we can look back at the end of the season and think to ourselves, ‘Well, what was the worry about because we’ve pulled well clear.’ “
“That’s the target and obviously a point is not ideal, but with them being below us it’s not a bad result.” “If we can take that second-half performance into our own stadium in front of 50,000 Geordies supporting us we will have a great chance.”
“We looked at this week and even though we aimed for six points we thought if we get four points it would certainly push us up a few places and give us a big bit of breathing space.”
“I had two chances and scored one so I would probably take that return if I could every week,”
Michael’s a very mature young man and looked so threatening in the second half on Monday and it was a great opportunist goal he scored. But that a harder chance than the one he had after 50 minutes but he seemed to do everything right, but goalkeeper Taylor make a breathtaking reaction save to keep the ball out.
It’s also been a tough season for Michael, but he’s tough lad, and if we can get through to survival and say Michale; van get another 3-4 goals (at least) for us in the last 8 games, things will start to look a lot happier for everybody concerned.
And Michael will be a stronger character and a better player for all his travails this season. It’s obvious that Kevin will build his attack around Michael in the summer, because the way he put the ball home on Monday says to us, there’s a lot more goals in Michael at Newcastle than we had realized.
What do you think?